By RICH VLECK
BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee Speedway continues to roll along with more Saturday Night action this weekend before the lights go off on the fairgrounds in preparation for the biggest event of the year.
This Saturday, June 24, Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel presents a Super 6 and 6:00 program, which includes the return of the 360 Late Models. Saturday will also be Boy Scout Night, as all Boy Scouts in Uniform will be get free general admission. This Saturday will serve as the end of the first portion of the 2017 season, with the following Saturday a bye week in preparation for the big ULMS Super Late Model show on Thursday, July 6.
With all six classes on the card, it sure will be a busy night of racing, and the point races continue to take shape. The MHL Performance Crate Late Models have a tightly-knit group at the top. Despite not winning yet in 2017, Bill Holmes leading the standings by five points over Zack Carley, JJ Mazur and Jimmy Johnson, the three drivers to claim checkered flags in weekly races so far this year.
The Cornerstone Eye Associates Sportsman are continue to be led by Kyle Inman, but Andrew Smith closed the gap significantly on Saturday with his dominating performance for his first win of the year. Smith is now just seven points back of the defending champion.
After a week off, the Ken’s Charcoal Pits and BBQ 360 Late Models are ready to return to life with a fierce three-way battle at the top. Tommy Kemp now has two wins in 2017 and has taken a four point lead over John Zimmerman and nine points over defending champion Dave DuBois. Tight point races are found throughout the division and expect to continue to alter after Saturday Night.
Byron Dewitt notched his second Yasses Trucking and Construction Street Stock feature win of the year and is looking to gain a stranglehold on the points in pursuit of his second championship. Defending champion Butch Zimmerman is his closest pursuant but is still in search of his first win of 2017.
James Gayton has the largest point lead of any competitor at Genesee so far, as he is 30 points up on Mike Taddonio in the Pellegrino Auto Sales Mini Stocks. Gayton has three wins thus far in 2017, but did not have his best night on Saturday, while Dante Mancuso scored the win on a last-lap maneuver to close on second in the standings.
The DML Driveway Sealing Bandits continue to thrill the crowd with a host of unexpected swings each night out. Jessica Traxler suffered a problem late in the feature Saturday, but still holds a 10-point advantage over Marcus Jackson, who capitalized on her misfortune to notch his first win of the year.
Genesee Speedway is location just east of the Batavia city limit on Route 5 at the Genesee County Fairgrounds. Racing action kicks off at 6:00 p.m., as it does every Saturday Night. Pit gates will swing open at 4:00 P.M. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.